Guest Blog: PPRM's Childbirth Education Classes
This week we're featuring a guest blog post from our friends at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains about an awesome resource they're providing for pregnant and parenting teens... enjoy and share!
Pregnant and parenting teens often miss out on vital prenatal and childbirth education due to a lack of access to inclusive and affordable services, so Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) has developed low-cost, high-quality childbirth education classes that are designed to empower all people to play an active role in their birthing experience. PPRM believes that teen parents deserve respect, educational equality, and access to prenatal care and parenting resources whether they choose to parent or make an adoption plan. We feel that childbirth education during pregnancy results in healthier labor and delivery and provides pregnant and parenting teens with the knowledge they need to be involved and empowered.
So, what is childbirth education? You may have heard of Lamaze classes or breastfeeding classes. Those are examples of programs and classes that provide information and education about pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. Unfortunately, these classes aren’t always a part of prenatal care in the U.S., and many expectant parents either don’t know about these important resources, or can’t afford to attend a class at a hospital or private organization. PPRM is happy to fill the gap of childbirth preparation for expectant parents who want a comfortable, friendly, cost-effective, and non-judgmental class environment. We welcome all individuals and family structures and respect the values, culture, choices, and preferences of pregnant people and their support networks.
Like other childbirth classes, our classes focus on what to expect during labor and delivery, how to manage labor pain, and some parenting and breastfeeding basics. We also focus on topics like informed consent and medical interventions – areas that aren’t often discussed with first-time parents or pregnant teens. By providing medically-accurate information on the risks, benefits, and alternatives to common medical interventions during labor, our program gives expectant parents tools and techniques for a safe and rewarding labor and delivery.
We believe childbirth preparation is an important piece of full-spectrum sexual health education. Our classes will help pregnant teens develop communication tools and self-advocacy that will last well beyond pregnancy.
Planned Parenthood’s Childbirth Preparation classes are held monthly in Capitol Hill. Class cost depends on your family’s income. For more information about our classes go to pprm.org.